Southern Bank Foundation sponsors Winter Lights

By on December 6, 2017

Elizabethan Gardens and Southern Bank personnel (back row, L-R): Jason Waughtel, Senior VP/Area Manager; Linda Davenport, Board Chair, The Elizabethan Gardens; Gail Reynolds, TEG board member; Carl V. Curnutte, Executive Director of The Elizabethan Gardens; Neil Songer, VP, Branch Manager Manteo. Front row, TEG Board Members: Sarah Johns, Kathryn Fagan, Betsy Brown, Sarah Ivey.

For seven seasons, The Elizabethan Gardens’ annual WinterLights holiday display has been enjoyed by thousands of families and community members throughout eastern North Carolina because of leading support from The Southern Bank Foundation.

The Gardens began this new tradition in 2010 when they illuminated the 12-acre site with lights and sights for the holidays.

“They have been by our side since the start of this project. It is an honor to have a community leader like Southern Bank to sponsor WinterLights year after year,” said Carl Curnutte Executive Director of The Elizabethan Gardens. “Truly, our garden shines brighter because of the support of Southern Bank and our community.”


“The Southern Bank Foundation is pleased to be able to assist The Elizabeth Gardens with WinterLights, which has become a holiday attraction at the Outer Banks for the past couple of years,” said Jason Waughtel, Southern Bank Senior Vice President/ Area Manager.

Gardens Board chair Linda Davenport touts the community-minded bank’s support. “With help from Southern Bank, we continue to offer our WinterLights display which brings our non-profit gardens additional revenue during the holidays when the weather grows colder and tourism slows. We are grateful to Southern Bank for their support of our event.”

“When started with a few thousand standard lights it was a struggle,” reflected Curnutte. “Our infrastructure wasn’t ideal. And it was work to keep these running with the few outlets we had on our site. But we persevered. Support from Southern Bank, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and our community allowed us to expand our infrastructure and invest in low-consumption LED lights.”

He added, “Local business also benefit from our WinterLights.” According to Curnutte, accommodations from Duck to Manteo offer reduced rates and packages during the event, which lasts from Nov 25 thru January 20 on Tuesdays through Saturdays (Fridays and Saturdays only in January).


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  • Obx Joe

    To bad the tickets aren’t affordable for many Dare County Residents. There are lots of children that have never seen these.

    Thursday, Dec 7 @ 6:34 am
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